When you lose Nikole Hannah-Jones: “We have to be able to talk abtthe [sic] harms of remote learning in a society where vaccines are available for all teachers…”
The left finally realizes that school closures and remote teaching are not good for kids. It ruins their education and well-being. I’d be happy if the kids hadn’t already lost a year of school, which led to suicides and a mental health crisis.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) shut down the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on Wednesday because they are sssssoooo concerned about Covid even though literally everyone else is doing just fine.
I’d take the CTU seriously if they didn’t constantly try to start fights and interrupt school. It seems every year they find some excuse
They refuse to strike a deal with CPS so classes won’t happen again on Thursday.
The right went after CTU but guess what. The left, including a surprise person, criticized CTU as well.
Nikole Hannah-Jones. Yes, Hannah-Jones made sense to me.
We have to be able to talk abtthe harms of remote learning in a society where vaccines are available for all teachers without being accused of being anti-union or anti-teacher. We can disagree on what is the best thing to do when there are no good options without that accusation.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 5, 2022
I’m sorry, but teachers are not the only stakeholders and I’m kind of tired of the conversation going this way. Did you even read my tweet or nah?
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 5, 2022
Yes, let’s ask a teacher who also happens to be a teacher.
Let's be clear here regarding Chicago schools- I'm a @ChiPubSchools teacher with 3 kids in CPS and during this (short) week CPS- tested all of us & provided me KN95 masks. I'm boosted, my oldest child is vaxxed, the air purifier is turned on to 'turbo'. Schools are safe.
— Katie R (@kayteerows) January 5, 2022
How about a parent?
Natasha Dunn, a Chicago Public School parent, on the district canceling classes after teachers voted to go virtual: "It's really difficult for me to really be able to pay attention to my daughter's learning needs and work full time. I feel like this was a catastrophic failure." pic.twitter.com/F7t93IbnTt
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 5, 2022
A student in the Chicago Public Schools says she is "mad" her school shut down: "I wish we were in-person. I feel like I learn better that way." pic.twitter.com/AhnWrFBYN4
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 5, 2022
My mind is blown. I’m hoping this brings the CTU down a peg or two. Even Psaki said schools have all they need to remain open.
Psaki responds to Chicago school closures: "We are more than equipped to ensure schools are open & we’re going to keep our children & educators who selflessly serve their community safe but ensure that children are not enduring the mental health impact of not being in school." pic.twitter.com/euwU4tQVGk
— Forbes (@Forbes) January 5, 2022
The Chicago Teachers Union is about to vote to walk out rather than return to classrooms amid Omichron surge.
I hope every teacher reads this column.
What our kids have suffered thru long absences from classrooms already has had a devastating impact. https://t.co/VRVMQIDhTY
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 4, 2022
"If you don't want to teach, don't teach. Quit. Just stay at home and stop teaching children, okay? … You are either ignorant when it come to science or you just don't want to be in classes."
— The Recount (@therecount) January 5, 2022
I feel like there’s a weird memory-holing of the fact last spring Congress distributed $123 billion dollars to K-12 schools for Covid preparedness. That’s nearly $1 million *per school*. So big q is: what was that used for?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 5, 2022
We in public health fought for teachers to be prioritized for vaccines.
Vaccines + boosters protect very well against severe illness to omicron. Wearing a high quality mask further protects you.
Teachers unions: Please stop the delays. We need all schools to be in-person, now.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) January 4, 2022
Has the CTU not seen that there are literally no COVID tests? It’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
CPS is ticked off:
CPS representatives blasted the decision in a late Tuesday statement, saying they are “deeply concerned” about how it will affect the health, safety and well-being of district students and families.
“Despite six months of active, good-faith discussions with the CTU, despite the fact that more than 90 percent of our staff is vaccinated, despite proven and implemented COVID-19 safety measures, and despite little evidence of in-school transmission, our teachers are not willing to report to work,” the CPS statement read.
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